Bellaire, MI – The excitement of the season continues at Shanty Creek Resort. With the recent early opening of the ski and snowboard season, along with the continued snowmaking, the winter season is off to beautiful start. Add the sparkle of the holiday season, events and more, and there are more reasons that we can count to getaway to Shanty Creek for the holidays!

Start the holiday season a little early and celebrate with the Shanty Creek Original, Sardine Special. Pack as many friends, family members, neighbors and anyone else you can find into your car and head to Schuss Mountain. On December 21, one carload of skiers and boarders pays one price, just $69, for an entire carload of lift tickets. It’s the best value on the slopes.

Stay for the weekend and enjoy Storytime with Santa at the Lakeview Hotel. Santa will join the kids, and kids at heart, at 7pm on Friday, December 21, to read his favorite Christmas stories to Shanty Creek guests. Kids will enjoy the festivities with Christmas Cookie decorating and more!

Didn’t get a chance to attend Storytime with Santa or just want more time with the big guy? He’s makes a return appearance the morning of December 22 at Breakfast with Santa. The celebrations continue later that evening with Tannenbaum Blitzen at Ivan’s Café. Enjoy a community pasta buffet, torchlight parade down the face of Schuss Mountain, Christmas carols around the tree, Christmas Cookie decorating and a visit from Santa all during the annual Tannenbaum Blitzen. The evening is capped off with an all new fireworks over Schuss Mountain.

Shanty Creek Resort has a gift for all skiers and boarders, on December 25 Ski FREE with Santa from 9am-4:30pm. Join Santa on the slopes of Schuss Mountain and ski for free on Christmas day. Pay it forward with donations of non-perishable food items, gently-used winter clothing and/or household items to benefit the local food pantry.

Smiles and laughter are sure to be found at Shanty Creek’s multi-lane alpine tubing park on Christmas Day during the Alpine Tubing Party and Bonfire, 2-8pm. After tubing gather ‘round the bonfire for some Christmas Cheer! Tickets are valid for one hour of tubing. Reserve your preferred tubing time online at

Ring in the New Year at Shanty Creek with something for everyone. At Shanty Creek’s Summit Village, kids will be the life of the party at Kids’ Night Out in the Bellaire Room. Games, arts and crafts, dancing and snacks.

Also happening at Summit Village is the Prime Rib and Crab Legs Dinner Show at 6:30pm. The entire family will enjoy a ventriloquist / magic show followed by a DJ and dancing. A firework display over Summit Mountain at midnight will welcome the new year. 

Dancing and having fun will be center stage starting at 9pm at Ivan’s in Schuss Village. Or head over to The River Bistro in Cedar River Village to relax and unwind while watching the countdown from Times Square. Grab some friends for a game of pool, darts, foosball, air hockey and Golden Tee. No matter the New Year’s Eve experience you are looking for, Shanty Creek has you covered.

For additional information on these events as well as Shanty Creek Resorts packages, and to make a reservation, visit

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Shanty Creek is a four-season destination resort spanning 5,000 acres and three distinct villages: Summit, Schuss and Cedar River, each with lodging, dining, and golf. Located in Northern Michigan’s Bellaire, just 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek offers a variety of vacation packages for your next Michigan getaway.